Pochettino: This is real reason why Janssen axed from Tottenham Champions League squad
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino has claimed today (Thursday) there was no space for Vincent Janssen to be included in Tottenham’s Champions League squad due to Uefa homegrown restrictions.
The £18million signing from last summer was a shock omission from the Spurs squad submitted to Uefa for the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.
Janssen and the injured Erik Lamela were the two most high-profile absentees from the squad selected by manager Pochettino.
All competing clubs can select a maximum of 25 players, but eight of those must be home-grown and aged over 21.
Spurs were only able to name a squad of 21, as only four players fit the homegrown criteria in Harry Kane, Ben Davies, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier.
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It means that Janssen is one of the fall guys only a year after he was heralded as a major coup following his arrival as the Eredivisie’s top scorer in 2015-16.
“That is about numbers,” Pochettino said today at his weekly media briefing, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of ESPN FC Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick. “We only have 17 places, we are 19. In January, we check again.”
#thfc Poch on Janssen’s omission from CL squad: “That is about numbers. We only have 17 places, we are 19. In January, we check again.”
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) September 7, 2017
New signings Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Fernando Llorente and Juan Foyth are included in the squad, as is recently acquired Paulo Gazzaniga as one of the three selected goalkeepers.
Both Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters have not been named in the squad, but both will be eligible to play as they are 21 years old or younger and have been registered to the club for at least two years since turning 15.
In other Tottenham team news, the club have been hit by a devastating blow as a key first-teamer has been sidelined until next year.